Fender Telecasters are widely regarded as one of the most useful and versatile musician’s tools available. This ’74 model is a prime example and will put a smile on your face. This one has a rich natural finish that is darkening nicely.
Features a one-piece maple neck with standard 25.5″ scale length and classic skunk stripe on the rear. The chrome hardware is in very good condition considering it is almost 45 years of age. Serial # 537xxx dates it to 1974.
This one has hosted a humbucker in the neck pickup position at some time – see pics. That has been removed and the neck pickup is now an early Fender Lace Sensor from around 1989. The bridge pickup appears to be original.
The bridge is a Fender stamped chrome six saddle bridge, which offers fine calibration of intonation on every string.
A new Fender CRL three way switch has been installed recently and the wiring cleaned up. The volume pot is not original. The only other work we know of is a new nut installed some time ago.
The neck is super clean especially on the back and the original frets have been nicely dressed with plenty of life left. Plugged in the guitar has that unmistakable Tele tone – the neck pickup has lots of character and the bridge unit delivers the expected spank and bite.
The headstock sports the original Fender “F” tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The original Fender Telecaster logo is intact and the two string trees are present. This is a 4 bolt Fender neck, and the pocket is nice and snug. This is a solid, well constructed instrument.
Weight is a comfortable 8.2 lbs
Overall this is a fine sounding 74 Tele in good playing condition, with a good set of pickups that deliver that classic Tele punch & twang.
Comes in a later tweed hard case in excellent condition.